A new official ‘big emblem’ of Ukraine was supported by votes of 257 MPs in a special session at the Verkhovna Rada. Vice-speaker Ruslan Stafniychuk unveiled the image in the Verkhovna Rada stepping in for ailing former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk who was earlier set to lead the presentation.
The new emblem drew a spate of criticism from opposition.
‘European Solidarity’ and ‘Golos’ MPs slammed the new official emblem proposed by Zelensky’s law over its historical inaccuracies and ridiculous blunders.
‘European Solidarity’ MP Mykola Knyazhytski called out the image creators over ‘mystifications’ that misrepresent Ukrainian symbols calling it ‘cheap publicity’.
The new emblem features a ‘crown’ of Yaroslav the Wise while, in fact, the Kyiv Rus prince was not crowned, argued ‘European Solidarity’ MP Mykola Knyazytski adding it is a ‘shame’ to see there a botched image of a lion with two left feet.
After heated discussion, ‘European Solidarity’ MPs staged a walkout in protest to ‘shameful vote’.
The emblem also drew criticism from ‘Golos’ MPs – Roman Lozynskyi called the new image a ‘bad idea’ that can be obscuring ‘classical image of the Trident’.
The new emblem law will need 300 votes in its second reading to be fully adopted.
The Ukrainian ‘big’ emblem introduced by Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday was created in 1990s by Oleksandr Ivakhnenko art group but its adoption suffered constant delays due to political wrangling. Its images stirred controversy on social media after online commentators pointed out the lion featured in the emblem has two left feet.